Your All Things Plants weekly news: February 8, 2014
There were 13 new gardening ideas posted last week:
February 7, 2014
|The Container Rose Garden|
|Container gardening has become quite popular and is not limited to annuals alone. I started container gardening with a couple of hybrid tea roses about 10 years ago. Since then, my collection of container roses has expanded from a couple to about 20 pots. Hybrid tea roses, floribunda roses, small shrub roses, and miniatures are all fantastic in containers. (1,042 words - Read the full article)|
February 6, 2014
|Roses Rock with Epsom Salts|
|Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, MgSO4, and should not be confused with common salt, sodium chloride NaCl. Magnesium and sulfur are both natural minerals that many plants need to thrive. I have used Epsom salts in my garden for years and am very pleased with the obvious results of increased plant vigor, more blooms, larger blooms, greener foliage, and overall better plant health. This is especially true of my roses.
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February 5, 2014
|David Austin's Roses|
|Although the rose societies group his roses with the shrubs, David Austin actually created an entirely new class of roses, which he named English Roses. He crossed old garden roses with modern cultivars to combine what he regarded as the best qualities of both. He wanted to combine the graceful form, charm, and fragrance of the old roses with the disease resistance, repeat bloom, and colors of the modern hybrid teas.
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February 2, 2014
|Winter Planting Roses|
|No matter which type of rose is your favorite, they're all woody plants. They prefer cool and consistently moist conditions, along with plenty of gentle sunlight to grow strong roots and stems at a moderate rate. If your springtime planting conditions cannot easily support this necessary growth, you might try planting fully dormant roses in winter. (700 words - Read the full article)|
Some new recommendations from our members:
|LynneHTx recommended Joshua's Native Plants and wrote:
I love Joshua's. Great selection of natives and he also carries large fountain-sized pots and Mexican decor. His prices are great, too.
If you make a trip to the Heights area in Houston, there are several great nurseries: Joshua's, Buchanan's, Another Place in Time, and also Zone 9 Tropicals. One is on 18th street, two are on 11th, and Zone 9 is another couple of blocks away. Makes for a nice afternoon. Enjoy.
|malinda97 recommended Rough Brothers Inc and wrote:
I used Rough Brothers greenhouse equipment parts for one of my garden needs. Their staff is really helpful. They are not worried about just the sale, but care about me, the customer. Just a really awesome place. I would recommend this place.
|SavageTM recommended Territorial Seed Company and wrote:
I have used seeds from Territorial for the last two years in my garden in Nisqually, and always have had great germination results and overall great veggies. Steve Solomon of Territorial Seed company wrote the book, literally, on growing vegetables west of the Cascades (look it up on Amazon). Lots of seed tested in the northwest. My go-to seed company.
|jmorth recommended Summer Hill Seeds and wrote:
Have utilized this seed source often.
Good customer relations, swift service, excellent variety, freebie packet, competitive pricing, good germination.
|jmorth recommended Bluestone Perennials and wrote:
Known for their perennials, they also have a selection of bulbs offered periodically.
I most recently received tulips and daffodils from them. It was a discounted end-of-season sale last November. Their response and quality are as good as their reputation for plants. Good customer service.
Some numbers from last week:
- 48 new members.
- 138 new threads.
- 3,757 new posts.
- 1,053 new images to the plant database.
- 102 new comments in the plant database.
- 18 new Multi-Plant photos.